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Tau Beta Pi - Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award - Jerry Hamann
July 3, 2012 — Jerry Hamann is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is currently department head of Computer Science. He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering / Bioengineering Option in 1984 at UW, and then worked for Hewlett- Packard in Loveland, CO, before returning to UW to complete an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1988, and finally received a PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1993. Jerry’s research interests reside in applied signal processing and automatic control, as well as investigating why students persist in engineering education. When he’s not in the office, classroom or lab, Jerry is probably trying hard to keep up with his wife and family as they head off on another adventure. Jerry’s formative years were spent in the rural areas of Sheridan County, northern Wyoming, and now credits any of the common sense he has to the patient instruction provided by family, neighbors and an ornery Shetland pony. Jerry is proud to call the Tongue River Valley and school system his bedrock, and is forever indebted to the teachers who inspired him to learn in every setting: from reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, to riding drag in the herd, to building a stable haystack. His respect for quality instruction continued as he entered higher education at the University of Wyoming where he was both challenged and supported daily by lecturers, professors, and staff with outstanding knowledge of their disciplines and a genuine desire to make the learning process as effective and efficient as possible. To his mentors, he extends a thank you for instilling the golden rule and emphasizing by word and action that everyone deserves respect.